Driftwood Eco Tours Chatham Island - Rēkohu/Wharekauri Tour


8 Day Tour to Chatham Islands, Rēkohu/Wharekauri

A place steeped in diverse geology and known to the indigenous Moriori as “The Misty Sun”; Rēkohu or Chatham Islands, are one of the most intriguing and hauntingly beautiful archipelago in the South Pacific. Explore the island and its lagoon system, its weather, remoteness and fateful history have shaped the lives of all who live there.

Your journey begins from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch, aboard an Air Chathams flight.  You will receive a warm welcome by local hosts, Rosemarie and Greg Horler of Awarakau Lodge, your relaxing and comfortable ‘home’ during your stay. Their local connections ensure we can responsibly visit the island's many historical and natural highlights, accessible only by private land.

With the islands origins submerged in volcanic activity, you will experience the splatter rocks and basalt columns along with a visit to local wetlands and nature reserves to spot native wildlife unique to the island and hear about the conservation initiatives on the island.

A photographer’s paradise, the Chatham Islands have plenty of dramatic, rugged terrain to capture. If weather permits, you will also have the opportunity to experience a day trip to Rangiaotea, Rangiauria, Pitt Island.

From whalers and sealers, missionaries, fishermen to farmers, let your local guides engage you in local culture and history, through legends of the first Moriori, Māori and European settlers, visiting key locations with historic significance along the way.  Places such as the dendroglyph grove, a location of great spiritual significance for the Moriori, the statue of Tommy Solomon who was the last full-blooded Moriori, and Stone Cottage at Maunganui are all key highlights of this unique tour.


Twin share at the beautiful Awarakau Lodge with our local hosts Greg and Rosemarie Horler.

Departure dates:

Departure from Auckland: Sat 11th Dec 2021

Return to Auckland: Sat 18th Dec 2021

Departure from Christchurch: Tues 18th Jan 2022

Return to Christchurch: Tues 25th Jan 2022


Departure from Wellington: Mon 28th Feb 2022

Return to Wellington: Mon 7th Mar 2022

Driftwood Eco Tours Fitness Level Required 2+/5


7 nights, 8 days

Group size: 12


$5,350 per person

Twin share, own bathroom - in comfortable cottage separate from house


$5,500 per person

Twin share, private bathroom - in the lodge


Due to the limited availability of accommodation at the island, single supplement is not available.


Optional day trip to Pitt Island $475 per person.


Flying with Air Chathams. At Chatham Islands we will travel in a van.

Read about the Air Chathams fleet here.

Driftwood Eco Tours Chatham Island - Rēkohu/Wharekauri Tour

Tour Features:

  • You will be met at the Airport at Departure and helped with check in.

  • Accommodation and catering supplied by our local host Rosemarie and Greg Horler of Awarakau Lodge.

  • Guided tours with Greg.

  • Visit many of the island’s places of historic and natural interest thanks to prior arrangements made by Greg and Rosemarie with local land owners

  • An optional day trip to Pitt Island will be organised if weather permits

  • Wonderful photographic opportunities in one of New Zealand’s most beautiful landscapes

  • The unique Chatham Islands wildlife and flora, includes a visit to the wetlands and reserves to hear about the conservation initiatives on the island

Tour Inclusions:

  • Return flights with Air Chathams

  • Pick up and drop off from the airport at Chatham Islands

  • Accommodation and catering (drinks are at your own expense)

  • Access fees to private property

  • Guided tours by vehicle

"So much was packed into our week- lots of history, birdlife, animals, bush knowledge and stunning scenery. Above all, the local people made us so welcome and we felt like part of this small community for a short while"
Maunganui Stone Cottage
Maunganui Stone Cottage

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Port Hutt
Port Hutt

HMNZS Thomas Currell

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Pitt Island
Pitt Island

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Maunganui Stone Cottage
Maunganui Stone Cottage

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